Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.
Updated at 3 p.m. to include comments fromÂ Cullerton and Edgar comments. Tony Arnold contributed reporting from Chicago, and Brian Mackey from Springfield, Ill.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass a bill out of the Senate next week to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. And Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign the legislation, if it lands on his desk.
Quinn and CullertonÂ attended a bipartisan news conference Tuesday that included former Gov. Jim Edgar and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, both Republicans.
The final debate boiled down to safety versus respect for immigrants.Â State RepresentativeÂ Tishaura JonesÂ (D,Â St. Louis) says she represents constituents from several different nationalities, and added that every member of the HouseÂ descended from immigrants.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driverâ€™s license exams be given onlyÂ in English.
Currently, the state of Missouri provides the written driverâ€™s exam in English and eleven other languages.Â Â House MemberÂ Mark Parkinson (R,Â St. Charles) says his bill follows the spirit of the state constitutionâ€™s mandate that public proceedings be conducted in English.